Archive for May, 2012

Skeptics with a K: Episode #073

Crosses, barbecues, Greece and go-carts. Plus passwords, apple trees, unbelievers and Microsoft-certified advice. Getting away scot free, it’s Skeptics with a K.

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #072

Blood types, abseiling, Switzerland and more Marvel Avengers.  Plus spiritualists, mammoths, trains and cinnamon crêpes.  Suffering from a fever, it’s Skeptics with a K.

Read more about the Swiss Homeopathy report at Zeno’s Blog.

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Why internet polls are (possibly) important

It is oftentimes the case that a poll appears on the Internet.  Something like “Is the Earth flat?”, or “Should the government fund a state astrologer?” or whatever.

What happens next?  Someone skeptical notices, and puts a link to the poll on twitter or Facebook.  Other skeptics forward the link (it usually gets back to PZ at some stage) and we all go and vote to make sure the poll ends with the right answer*.  At the same time, other skeptics pipe up (not unreasonably) saying, well, it’s only an Internet poll.  The truth is not a democracy, it’s not really important, who cares if someone on the Internet is wrong, etc.

And the poll closes.  Sometimes with the right answer, sometimes not.

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #071

The Hobbit, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and Thor. Plus ghosts, power bracelets, frame rates and hot pink bollocks. In a special north-south configuration, it’s Skeptics with a K.

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